Invite Your Friends and Come to the Medicare Café
The Medicare Café will open its doors for the 2015 season on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at VFW Post 9760, 425 S Buckmarsh St, Berryville, VA 22611.
The first café of 2015 is specifically designed for attendees who will be eligible for Medicare during this year or are new to Medicare and have questions. Making well informed Medicare coverage choices when you are first eligible can help you make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. An individual turning 65 in March recently told SAAA’s VICAP Specialist Marty Schiller, “Suddenly everybody knows I’m turning 65. My mailbox is getting filled with insurance offers, and I’m getting confused. If I continue to work, do I need to sign up for Medicare? Should I consider an Advantage plan? What do I need to know to make sense of all this?”
On April 16, during the morning, SAAA’s VICAP Specialist Marty Schiller and VICAP Counselor René White will provide a basic overview of Medicare coverage options. Both Ms. Schiller and Mrs. White are certified counselors with the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP). VICAP provides “no strings attached” unbiased information. On the Medicare.gov website there’s a note: “You can get personalized health insurance counseling at no cost to you from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).” In Virginia, that’s VICAP, and in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Medicare Café is a great way to access VICAP services.
During the afternoon from 1 – 4 PM, VICAP Counselors will hold pre-scheduled one-on-one sessions with individuals or couples who would like Medicare information specific to their personal situations. Call 1 540 551-5615 by April 14th to schedule your appointment.
The 2015 Medicare Café Season will offer morning sessions with speakers on April 16, May 28, June 18, and September 24. October 15 and November 19th will offer full days of one-on-one counseling sessions to review Medicare Part D Plans during the Open Enrollment period when you can choose your prescription coverage for the next year.
Come to VFW Post 9760 on April 16th; enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and some refreshments while you learn more about Medicare.